President Andrzej Duda of Poland became the first president of the Polish Republic to take part in the country's annual March for Life and Family, which happened last week.
"We are honored that President Andrzej Duda accepted our invitation and took part in the March for Life and Family," said one of the event organizers, Pawel Ozdoba. "We are happy that Polish families have the most important person in the country as an ally."
The march drew around 5,000 people and included not only Duda, but also his recent presidential challenger, Krzystof Bosak.
Though abortion remains restricted in Poland to cases of rape, incest, serious disability of the unborn child, or when the mother's life is considered in grave danger, the marchers want more protections for the unborn. Specifically, the pro-life movement is calling on the country's Constitutional Tribunal to criminalize abortion in all cases of fetal disability diagnoses.
"From this place, together with you, I call on the judges of the Constitutional Tribunal to be able to stand up with great responsibility for the civilization of life and against the progressive civilization of death," said Barbara Nowak, the Superintendent of Schools in the country's Malopolska region. "I appeal to the judges of the Constitutional Tribunal: Do not force us into the civilization of death. We stand for respected life, from the very beginning to the very end. We do not want to be like in the West, ‘modern and progressive' if it is to involve murdering another person."
This is the country's 15th year holding the March for Life.